Kidnapping suspect asks to withdraw guilty plea, fire lawyers

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John Snorsky asked to fire his lawyers and withdraw his guilty plea during a hearing in Adams County District Court on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping an 8-year-old girl from her home in Aurora in 2013 asked to withdraw his plea and fire his lawyers Wednesday at what was supposed to be his sentencing.

John Snorsky, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree kidnapping on Sept. 26. He was to be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

But at the sentencing hearing in front of Adams County District Judge Thomas Ensor, Snorsky said he believes his lawyers were lying to him.

“I don’t feel I’ve been represented as I should be,” Snorsky said. “I want to fight.”

Snorsky wrote a letter to the court asking to fire his private lawyers and withdraw the plea. Ensor delayed sentencing until Jan. 12 and appointed a public defender to represent Snorsky.

District Attorney Dave Young told the court that if the plea is withdrawn, the case will go to trial.

“The family came to court today expecting that the defendant would be sentenced for his crimes against their daughter,” Young said. “This is extremely frustrating for them.”

On Oct. 28, 2013, Snorsky is charged with entering a home through an unlocked window and grabbing the 8-year-old girl.

The girl screamed as she was pulled out of the home through the window, and her father chased Snorsky down the 1600 block of Hanover Street. Snorsky then then dropped the girl and fled.

Snorsky was arrested the next day on an unrelated charge and was linked to the kidnapping through DNA evidence.

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